WordPress confirmed that my post entitled Free Speech was removed because they received a complaint. Okie dokie. And that was followed by my inability to shut off my mind so I could sleep.
I am an internalizer. I think about everything, turning it over and over in my brain until I feel like the thought might explode from the confines of my skull to become a living breathing thing. I realize it isn’t healthy. But I can no more stop it from happening, than I could stop a speeding, out of control freight train with a bubble blowing machine.
That’s twice since January that I have felt the wrath of a reader. I was banned from my own Facebook page at the end of January, first part of February for swearing on my blog. And now this…
In the six years since I began this blog and opened the HJ Facebook page, I have never been banned or had content removed from either my blog or my Facebook page. But I have always talked politics and peppered posts with colorful language when it provides emphasis. I have always tried to keep my posts tasteful, even when it was political or contained swear words.
Six years and suddenly this has begun to happen. Obviously, something changed. I don’t understand. I welcome discussion, even when I don’t agree. I welcome dissent. We are not sheep, we do not need to blindly follow anyone. I am not starting a cult, agreeing to disagree is allowed. As a matter of fact, agreeing to disagree is what makes the world go round. It’s what keeps society civilized.
I expected some backlash when I scheduled my Free Speech post. I expected the rampant supporter who commented that they hoped I got beheaded to have another nasty comment for me. I expected at least a handful or more of my readers, to tell me that they support the President. I expected discussion. I expected that eventually we would all agree to disagree and at the worst I’d be called a name or two.
Instead, I was punished. As the saying goes, sticks and stones… but these weren’t sticks and stones. These were actions. This was retribution, an action that speaks louder than any words ever could. It is the opinion of the person that filed a complaint that I should not be allowed to voice an opinion that runs contrary to their own… Interesting.
Let me close by offering a quote from a sermon that has stuck with me recently. It was written by a German during WWII. Read it and think upon it. Internalize it. Try to understand the true meaning and why it is just as relevant today as it was nearly 80 years ago and I will try to decide what I want to do next…
They Came For The Socialists by Martin Niemoeller
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a socialist. then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak up for me.